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Five steps towards avoiding narrative traps in decision-making

Dolan, Paul and Henwood, Amanda (2021) Five steps towards avoiding narrative traps in decision-making. Frontiers in Psychology, 12. ISSN 1664-1078

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Identification Number: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.694032


Narratives provide simple rules about how we ought to live and what our priorities ought to be. They are especially appealing in times of high uncertainty. Using the uncertainty surrounding Covid-19 as an illustration, we show how a narrative to preserve life has become dominant, and we illustrate how it has been reinforced by several behavioural biases. We argue that being able to identify and critically evaluate the impact of dominant narratives is vital to ensuring optimal decision-making. To facilitate this, we offer five recommendations – the ABCDE of decision-making – that can help to reduce the “narrative trap” in decision-making in any uncertain environment.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2021 The Authors
Divisions: Social Policy
Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2021 10:03
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2024 23:13

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